Release Date Feb 12th 2016 on Cruz Del Mur Music
A review with Reckless Ron
I am completely blown away with Septagons’ debut release Deadhead Syndicate. It’s refreshing to hear new music of this caliber and style, in a sea of metal music that sometimes keeps repeating itself and lacking in originality.
Let’s step inside this multidimensional beast of a release and see what it’s made of. Opening with an ominous acoustical interlude “Ignite The Apocalypse” builds into the second song “Revolt Against The Revolution”. Like a massive heavy-metal Army rumbling across the plains, Jurgen Schranks’ steady battle drum leads the way building into an explosive thrash metal guitar attack. Well written lyrics, dealing with world politics and the recycling tyranny that it enfolds, delivered by Markus Beckers clean and resound full vocals.
Fast and steady, “Exit Gunfire” rips out of the barrel like hot metal-rapid-fire aimed straight at your head. Aside from the scorching twin guitar attack, Alexander Palmas’ bass rumbles the foundations, matching Jurgens dynamic drum
work to a tee, with the vocals pleasingly unique. Like most songs on this album, each song stands out, breathing a life of its own. Creeping out of the mist “Ripper” weaves out an ominous Mideastern-neoclassical melody with bombastic riffs and raw subsonic vocals creating a great dynamic soundscape.
Throughout this album is there are many small guitar runs or arrangements that remind me of some of the metal giants. “Septagon Conspiracy” has a certain Megadeth grip to it (sans Dave’s vocal range), that I might say would excel some of their efforts. A Hypnotic, heavy metal onslaught with appropriate (thrashy) melodic twists and turns, will burn this one into your brain. One of my favorites off this disc. The Sixth track on Deadhead Syndicate, “Henchman Of Darkness” is a short number that moves in slowly with a Maiden-esque bass lead and soulful vocals, culminating into a sweet yet heavy metal ballad, that will give new dimension to your sub-woofers.
The title track “Deadhead Syndicate” serves up a thrashing shepherd’s pie of musical styles with fast guitar hooks and dark brooding chorus’, that emulate Metal Church meets Varga with Serj Tankian on guest vocals. A progressive heavy metal hit! Not stopping there we segue into “Unwanted Company”, with an all-out blast beat-melody from start to finish. Written with lots of big brother in mind and how everything is instantaneously attainable through the internet and observed by all. As with all of Septagons music on this disc song structure musical talent and vocals are to the point and clear.
Wrapping up a potent album such as this, “Secret Silver Panorama Machine” is all killer and zero filler. A thrashy harmonic treat with an Annihilator tongue-in-cheek swagger that deserves to be played very loud. I guess what I’d like to stress about this album the most, is that music doesn’t have to follow trends. But remain timeless within the craft and create upstanding good music to be proud of and enjoy, without boundries, such as this 9/10!
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